|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Enjoy a family vacation at my log style cabin with shallow cove for kids to swim. Knotty pine interior with double bedded master, second bedroom with bunk beds, single bed on sleeping porch, full kitchen, 3/4 bath, gas heat and wood stove, screened front porch, fully furnished deck, sandy beach area. Near boat launch. Outdoor fireplace and gas grill. Please bring your own linens. We provide everything else. We allow pets. We have a kayak for your use and a 12 foot boat with oars that can support up to a 10 horsepower motor. Great for a family vacation!
I am a social worker and volunteer manager with an Agency for the Elderly. I grew up in Maine, graduated from Scarborough High School and the University of Southern Maine. I still live in my family home in Scarborough and have spent more then 50 summers at this wonderful spot on Little Sebago Lake.
Carol or Craig Rancourt purchased this cabin in 1960
This 'camp' was a family adventure. My parents took my brother and me for a ride on Sunday in 1960 and we saw the for sale sign. We stopped and fell in love with the spot. The cottage was unfinished at the time, no lights, no running water but following a family vote we bought it and have been there ever since. With more than 50 summers at 'camp' I can tell you nothing beats the pristine water, the beautiful sunrises and moonrises, the diamonds on the water, the loons gliding right out front. Fishing is wonderful and we occasionally have a visit from deer or moose.
All you have to do is roll out of bed and jump into the lake, drop a line and catch perch, trout or bass, kayak, row or just lounge on the deck and watch the chipmunks and birds at play. We have internet but you may just choose to shut it all off and enjoy nature at its best.
We were very pleased with our time at the camp. Excellent wi-fi reception. Great fishing. The beach was very nice. Totally satisfied.
Normally I just skip the review process, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”, but I will leave an honest review as I fear that other families may have a similar experience. I would want people to rent with full disclosure, which I didn't have. Upon check-in we immediately began “trying to make the most of it”. We found poison ivy in multiple areas on the property, although the owner denies that there is any near the camp. I am a native Mainer and have grown up enjoying the outdoors. Multiple members of my family (like 80-90% of the population) are sensitive to poison ivy and get severe rashes upon contact or if oils from the plant make it onto our skin. I KNOW what poison ivy looks like as I have spent my life avoiding it. Yes, there are other 3-leaf “ground covering plants” that looks similar to poison ivy, but this property has multiple areas of poison ivy--including around the fire pit. Please use caution having campfires, as burning poison ivy can release the oils airborne and make for a dangerous experience. We purchased a fence to keep our children and dog out the poison ivy. We brought a fire pit from home for s’mores. Canceling our vacation would be disappointing to our kids, we did leave a day early. The owner offered to refund us the cost of the fence, but we have not seen the money yet. The owner said I should have contacted her about the poison ivy, but I’m not sure how you safely eradicate it mid-week. I wish I could attach photos of the poison ivy that we took.
The other main issue: Beach area shown on the website was not “private”. The owner admitted it was supposed to be our area—but due to poor communication between the camp owners, the renters next door also used the section of beach. So being in a cove, when they swam straight out from “their” beach, and we swam in ours, we were swimming in the same congested area right in front of the camp. We do have photos of the neighbors swimming in our area. Next to our dock is a ROW dock, which brought swimmers and paddlers daily. I asked about the 2nd dock in the photo prior to renting and the owner did disclose that it was a ROW. The lake is beautiful and the float and kayak were enjoyable. We spent plenty of time using them, away from poison ivy and next door neighbors! Our children also loved the bunk room. Bring dishtowels along with your linens. Upon positive response/update from owner, I will contact HomeAway in an attempt to revise my review.
Small as most camps are but nice and pretty well kept. Great water view off the rear enclosed porch. Nice back yard with some grass, chairs and picnic table. Kitchen is sufficient, gas range with plenty of dishes and enough pots and pans. Wifi worked well. Parking is tricky with a boat and trailer on a hill, no real driveway. Over all it was a great week at a small camp and the only other thing I would mention is the mattresses really could use an update.
Property was a described. Nice, clean, quiet and relaxing. We enjoyed our stay.
Our family of four enjoyed this lovely cozy cottage! It was away from it all, yet close enough to the amenities. Cottage was clean, well maintained and was just as described. Weather was perfect for swimming in Little Lake Sebago and boating/kayaking. The location was perfect for day trips all around Maine! We hope to come back next summer!
The camp was as expected except not quite as well-appointed as I would have liked. Negatives: Lighting was inadequate for reading, no clothes line to hang wet towels or the bath mat, utensils and pans needed to be washed before using, water was non-potable. Pluses: Hot water was ample and the bathroom was in very good repair. The owner was very responsive about the 2 problems we had and both were fixed the next business day (as quickly as could be expected.)
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|